i had a birthday. my first one on the continent of africa.
my first one with the most incredible,
only God could have dreamed up this,
i missed my mom more than i thought i would.
and my sister.
and sis in laws.
and well, my family....all of them.
and my best buds back in TN.
i opened a present
sent with love,
back in february,
and still managed to remain wrapped
"do not open until april 11" note.
it was from my mom
i LOVE it mom!
God gave me the most beautiful, sunny, warm day
and those who know me best,
know how happy this makes me.
i took a long walk and soaked in my
year behind and year ahead.
i thanked God for both.
my oldest 2 kids brought me the most precious gifts.
gifts my very own mom told me about before i ever had kids of my own.
gifts that i had shared with my mom when i was little and ones she told me meant more than anything.
she was right. i couldn't understand then,
but i understand now.
gifts that they found, created
made straight from the heart and
all on their own.
these treasures i receive at various celebrations and they always make me teary.
i got 3 wooden animals, a 50 cent piece,
a porcupine quill, a red heart silly band, to name a few...
and 2 of the most precious handmade cards.
God painted the most beautiful sunset we have seen yet
since being in SA.
pink, pink perfectly wrapped present from Jesus...
that we gathered upstairs as a family to watch.
i received the coolest
bought from the street vendors,
been wanting for quite some time
i am so thankful for the birthday wishes
by so many
who took time to send me sweet, inspiring, thoughtful
and so am i.
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